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Ampara – the Kingdom of pious and valiant
Once part of the Ancient Digamadulla Kingdom, the first Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Ampara is a hub city of the Eastern Province today.
Rising from a thirty year old war Ampara today is one of the favorite beach towns in Sri Lanka today, the host town of an international annual surfing competition, which attracts many ardent surfers and fans from every corner of the world.
The district rich with animal life holds four animal sanctuaries, which is streaming with flocks of elephants, which gather to the banks ancient tanks for bath and frolic. Ampara is home to many an ancient wewa and modern irrigation projects, which feeds acres of paddy land, producing one of the best rice in the country.
Scattered amidst these jungles littered with animal life are the remnants of once glorious Digamadulla Kingdom, its palaces, remains of monasteries which were once abode to thousands of Arhants and stupas, which once reached for the skies stand silent amidst forest covers ravaged by treasure hunters.